Hollywood Lies is an interactive murder mystery party for 16-32 guests (plus one host) published by Freeform Games.
Set in the modern day, Hollywood Lies takes place during the post-award party for Dazzled to Death, a fabulously successful movie.
However, all is not well as the star, Tom Speed has died suddenly in a car crash last night.
Was it foul play?
(Go on - take a guess...)
Hollywood Lies is an interactive murder mystery game, so all the players receive complete details of their character, including a detailed backstory, objectives that they must try to achieve, and information about other characters.
They also have item cards (that represent scripts, awards, and so on), and abilities (that let them detect secrets find out information about other people).
In my opinion, once you've played an interactive murder mystery game, you won't want to go back to any other style.
Hollywood Lies has a number of different plots to keep everyone busy.
For example, there is mysterious dealings of the Post-Modern Freeform Movement, a motor racing club needing a new president, affairs - plus of course a murder to solve.
On top of all that, Dazzled to Death's producers are all looking to make the next big movie - so they will be wheeling and dealing and need directors, actors and screenwriters for their movie.
At the end of the party, the producers and their crew act out a scene from their movies for everyone to enjoy - and vote for the next winner of Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress.
(By the way, if you think that Dazzled to Death is vaguely familiar - it's the name of one of Freeform Games' other murder mystery games...)
The cast of Hollywood Lies includes:
All of the cast are gender neutral and can be played by either men or women.
Hollywood Lies is suitable for kids aged twelve and over.
I suggest that an adult is host, but Hollywood Lies is suitable for kids parties.
Instead of a formal dinner party, Hollywood Lies is better suited to a buffet meal or finger food.
Everyone needs to be able to talk quietly with each other - to plot and scheme and achieve their goals.
Hollywood Lies needs a dedicated host, someone to organise the game. They play the Master/Mistress of Ceremonies.
I really enjoy being the host - you know what's going on and can watch your friends scheme and plot and be devious to one another. (Note that for the kids' version of Hollywood Lies I recommend that an adult hosts the party.)
Hollywood Lies is available from Freeform Games.
You will be taken to the Freeform Games LLP website - just follow the instructions to purchase Hollywood Lies. You will then be emailed the location of the main Hollywood Lies pdf files and password (to unlock it) almost immediately.
Just download the game, print it out and have a great murder mystery!
For more information about Hollywood Lies, click here to download the free introductory pdf file which includes more details - including background, a full cast list, costume guide and invitations.
Disclosure: I am a partner at Freeform Games - feel free to ask me lots of questions!
I hosted Hollywood Lies for work - click here to read more.
Here's my suggested quick route through the site:
Step 1 - Go to Choosing a Game to choose the game that suits your party best.
Step 2 - Review the Tips for Hosts for helpful advice.
Step 3 - If you want to keep up to date with the latest murder mystery game news, click on my What's New page.
Step 4 - Once you've had your party - tell me how it went! Click here to tell me your murder mystery party story.
Aug 15, 17 12:45 PM
I want to host Murder at Sea for my 17th birthday and I wanted to know if it's suitable for teens? Does this murder mystery have references to drugs?
Jul 24, 17 12:44 PM
Am organising a sit down dinner for 24 people - many of your games say that they are better as a buffet. Are any in particular good for a sit down meal?
Jul 17, 17 04:28 PM
Thanks so much for your website. It has lots of information, but so much so that I am a bit overwhelmed! I have a group that I think will be 19 adults